Application Reminder: Firms Intending to Ship Dairy Products to Chile, China, or the European Union
January 18, 2018
January 18, 2018
U.S. manufacturers and processors eligible to ship dairy products to Chile, China, or the European Union (EU) must apply for inclusion on the applicable lists through the FDA’s Dairy Listing Module (DLM). On July 25, 2016, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration launched a new electronic system to facilitate applications for U.S. manufacturers and processors of milk products to be included on lists of firms eligible to export to these countries. Some foreign countries use a list to identify U.S. manufacturers and processors that are eligible to ship dairy products to their countries. To help U.S. exporters that are interested in exporting dairy products to these countries, the FDA has established and currently maintains country-specific lists for dairy products for China, Chile, and the EU.
FDA has fully transitioned to the DLM for the Chile and China lists. All firms currently listed on the EU dairy list must apply in DLM by March 1, 2018, if they wish to remain on the list. All currently listed firms that have not applied in DLM by that date will be removed from the EU dairy list and will not be able to obtain the export certificates necessary to ship dairy products to the EU.
We are encouraging firms to use the new electronic system to apply for inclusion on the applicable lists. Firms may apply via the FDA Unified Registration and Listing Systems (FURLS) Dairy Listing Module (DLM).
Original Constituent Update from July 25, 2016 - FDA Announces an Electronic System for Milk Products Export Lists
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has launched a new electronic system that U.S. manufacturers and processors of milk products can use to request to be included on a list of eligible exporting facilities to facilitate meeting a foreign country’s requirements. Some foreign countries use a list to identify U.S. manufacturers and processors that are eligible to ship milk products to their countries.
The FDA has established and currently maintains country-specific lists for Chile, China, and the European Union (EU). Firms that are interested in exporting milk products from the United States to one or more of these countries can use the new electronic system to apply for inclusion on the applicable list(s), as appropriate. The foreign authority uses the FDA-prepared list to identify and publish its own list of approved firms. The FDA provides periodic updates that are shared with each country or region’s authority.
The FDA Unified Registration and Listing Systems (FURLS) Dairy Listing Module (DLM) allows U.S. manufacturers and processors of milk products to apply for inclusion on these lists, update listing information, and reapply for lists as necessary. The FDA will use the information collected through the DLM, the electronic application portal, to review the application and update the lists on a regular basis. The DLM improves the FDA’s ability to efficiently process firms’ requests to be added to the lists, monitor listed firms, and generate lists for foreign regulatory agencies.
Beginning July 25, 2016, new applications and biennial updates for currently listed firms will be processed using the DLM. Firms interested in exporting milk products to these countries may submit an application through the module to be considered for the applicable list(s). To ensure a successful transition to the electronic system, we strongly encourage U.S. manufacturers and processors of milk products that are currently listed on the Chile, China, or EU milk product lists to submit a new application via the DLM. Firms currently listed on the milk product list for Chile are due for a biennial update in September 2016. These firms should submit a new application for the Chile list via DLM.
Firms needing additional information can contact the Office of Food Safety at DLM-OFS@fda.hhs.gov.
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